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    anybody have any experience with these cards? the sub and center are on the same output so i'm wondering what happens to the sub when i turn off the surround to play mp3's. i thought it had a separate output for the sub but it doesn't. also, how does the music sound if i leave it on. i haven't hooked this up yet because i'm waiting for my new processor to come in any day now.
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    • #3
      sorry...thats what im waiting on. should be friday
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      • #4
        what kind of soudn card is it? Im thinking of getting the new creative labs sb live MP3+5.1 dolby surround cards.
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        • #5
          mine is just like that but it is a generic one. i just have to hook it up this weekend and see if i loose the sub when i disable the surround for mp3 playback. the sub and center share the same plug. but 1 is left and the other is right so i guess we'll se.
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          • #6
            Hey guys what type of dolby digital sound processor are you using in your cars? Or do you just have a head unit with a digital input?

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            • #7
              my car will only have a computer in it. no head unit. i have a dvd player so that is why i use a dolby card
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              • #8
                Originally posted by albysure:
                <STRONG>my car will only have a computer in it. no head unit. i have a dvd player so that is why i use a dolby card</STRONG>

                So in that case your power amplifier that you have your speakers hooked up to would have to have a digital input , like optical or coaxial (PCM), and a built in dolby digital processor, or digital ready 5 channel outputs to go to a dolby digital ready amp I have never seen an amp with these hookups. What do you have to process the dolby digital sound>?

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                • #9
                  well its nothing different than what you would have in your living room. the output is strictly analog but separated from the sound card. you will have front-left & right, rear-left & right, center and sub. i wil only use it for dvd playback, so i need another option for music playback. like when i turn the surround off i loose the sub because it is on the same channel as the center. but i'm hoping when i hook it up soon it won't.
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                  • #10
                    I see. I thought you were running dolby digital because of the title "dolby 5.1 sound car"

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                    • #11
                      Kenwood makes a digital signal processor for the car (here is a link to it at Crutchfield. This would allow you to use the digital out on the sound card.

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                      • #12
                        mtmsol, thanks for the link. That is a nice unit. Expensive though. That would sound great watching a dvd.

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                        • #13
                          that was my first choice. i was going to replace my car amps because they are about 15 years old and have a lower input voltage. (2v) all the dolby processors have 4 volt outputs. that is why i decided to keep my amps and try to get the surround from the computer. i just recieved my processor so i'll see what happens tonight.
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                          • #14
                            ive got a 5.1 in dash car audio dts decoder it emulates surround with mp3s and cds if u want it to and is pro quality somehting like it is the way to go for 5.1 dolby, this unit retails for 600 us but i got it for 130 us if anyone is interested email me at [email protected]
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                            • #15
                              A simple solution might be to purchase another cheaper soundcard for ur computer, and have WINAMP (or whatever other player u will be using) output throught that soundcard.

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